• Jun 23, 2008

When I was a kid there was this terrible car show on television that was sponsored by a certain automaker that shall remain nameless. Every week – that is, every week I could bear to watch it, at least – the hosts would review a car from that company, and guess what? They always liked it! And that's what makes Top Gear such a hit. Because the BBC is publicly-funded, they don't have advertisements. (Notice that downloaded episodes of Top Gear run an actual full hour, instead of the usual "hour-long" shows that run 45 minutes.) Without advertisers, Clarkson and company are free to say what they want about whatever car they're reviewing, and so journalistic integrity remains intact, even as they catapult caravans and play soccer (sorry, "football") with hatchbacks.

With NBC "gearing" up for its own version of the hit car show, reportedly to be called simply "Gear", the fear was that, as the show would be dependent on commercial advertisements, the recently-announced team of co-hosts would be reigned in by the bean-counters regarding what they could and could not say about the cars they'd be reviewing. Thankfully, on a recent episode of his radio talk-show, Adam Carolla revealed that no such limitations would be imposed by NBC on the show's editorial autonomy. You know, this may just work out yet. Thanks for the tip, T Bray!

[Source: FinalGear.com]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I just want the entire concept to GO AWAY. You can't do Top Gear without the guys any more than you can make a banana split without bananas.

      This is worse than Americanized Iron Chef. At least that show had an actual Iron Chef.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not really, but they don't hurt on occasion. Truth be told, my favorite part is when the "chairman's nephew" says "Allllllllaaaaay cuisine!!!!" (or however you spell it). lol
        • 6 Years Ago
        You're watching Iron Chef America for the women? I'm so sorry.

        I must admit though, "bacon-goat ice cream" made me lol.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I disagree. Kat, the cute (albeit lesbian), Greek, southern chef plus occasional holiday episodes with cute (albeit married), bubbly, all-American Rachael Ray and uber-hot (MILF-status cancels out married status) Italian Giada de Laurentiis > Japanese guys with bleach-blonde hair and bacon-goat ice cream...

      • 6 Years Ago
      Would anyone who had such limitations admit to it? Sorry if I'm a bit skeptical about her remark.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Well there's hope. Seems things are growing against NBC with a new site against it http://www.savetopgearusa.com/
      • 6 Years Ago
      So what car will they take around a curcuit as their medium priced family car, hopefully not the Suzuki Forenza /Chevy/Daewoo as used on the British version.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Top Gear magazine has been available in the states for years, It's a Great magazine...
      I wish an American magazine would have a detailed FACTS section like Top Gear and other British Mags do, 0-60 times, Insurance cost ratings, MPG, Price and lots of other valuable info available at your hand, its easier to search and compare than the Internet.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The simple (but lame) workaround is simply not review crappy cars, or just not air those reviews.
        • 6 Years Ago
        = boring, crappy tv show.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree that scroteboy Corolla will only try to fill the show with awkward segways and footers on his go-to subject "meiiihhsterrbeeyyshinnn" (spoken in his nails+chalkboard accent) when he's not defiling Astons by getting them in seafoam, with nothing approaching Honesty or Wit coming out of his mouth; -not for very long.

      Corolla has always been a "crutch" comedian who cannot stand alone and always needs someone else funnier than him there. Ex: I've never seen a ComedyCentral 1-Man show with him starring. He really only does Funny Oneupmanship on things other people said First.

      The only hope 'Gear' -May- have for license are (in no particular order, ++((I'm lookin' at you Mike Galley & Joe Elmore!))): Royal Purple, Moroso, Lunatti, MSD, O'Reilly, Flowmaster, SuperChips, WyoTech, DynoJet, Summit, Jeg's, Hypertech, Matco, Magnaflo, BBK, DupliColor, Accel, Mallory, Bilstein, Holley, Eastwood, SkyJacker, 104+, Sta-Bil, Cherry Bomb, Cooper, Loc-Tite, WD-40, AutoMeter, ARP, Crane, Dake and Edelbrock.
      Otherwise, they're f***ed.

      -- > ???? and exSQUEEZEme; an exec from -NBC-???? told them they could be honest??!?!?!?!!!
      (let's pretend he's not retired) -Er, hey I hear ['neutron'] Jack Welch has got a 'promise' of guaranteed employment at GE for you. Guess what that promise is worth.

      As for name choices, I vote for: "SlowGear", brought to you by the General Motors Design & Ford Quality Control Departments; -remember: Buy American folks or the Terrorists Win and you're a Dirty Commie Scum!
      • 6 Years Ago
      to make me more confident about this supposed journalistic freedom, which we know does not exist in the USA, perhaps NBC should pledge to not show an automotive commercial immediately before, immediately after, nor in between commercial breaks for this show.

      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm glad the US version can say what they want.

      But using the terms "journalistic integrity" to apply to Top Gear is a bit of a stretch. It's an entertainment show, not journalism. They veer far from reality, it isn't like they are reporters. When Jeremy Clarkson says "British cars are the best in the world", it's not reporting, it's opinion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      God I hope they just rip a hole in every British car they get their hands on.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Like... Landrover and Jaguar?

        Oh wait. Those are Indian companies now. Heh.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The majority of British cars are luxury brands which most Americans [or Britons] will never be able to afford.

        The majority of American cars, are sold in the U.S and Americans don't buy them opting for more efficient, better built and better looking Japanese cars.

        If this show is truely going to be critical then American car manufacturers will need to start worrying.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'd take a British car over most Americans cars anyday. How come I have a feeling that even though they say they won't have limitations that it is just a lie.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What British cars? There's a British car company? Who?

        Seriously, other than coachbuilders, there's noting.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Like... Landrover and Jaguar?

        Oh wait. Those are Indian companies now. Hahaha. :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      That show is stupid and bias. How hell do they compare a mustang GT with a lotus. They compared a freakin go-kart with a muscle car. Those cars serve different purposes and are completely different cars. Its like comparing a F450 and a freakin Honda Ridgeline, the ridgeline shouldn't even be considered a pick up. LOL IDIOTS!!!! Whats even worse they tried comparing the handling between the cars. Its not that i dont like the Lotus because i actually do, specially with these gas prices but the point is that they are biased on how they test the cars. This show makes me sick!!!
        • 6 Years Ago
        That wasn't top Gear, that was from Clarkson's own video, "the good, the bad and the ugly"
      • 6 Years Ago
      I highly doubt it. If they piss off a company, I'm sure America's sue-happy companies would sue for libel or something.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dateline, 60 min, 20/20 - all of these shows have commercials and still take on the news. The news shows often have stories about corporations and business.
        • 6 Years Ago
        umm...not possible. if this were true, motortrend, car and driver, and even autoblog would have been out of business a long long time ago
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